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Man admits dangerous dog charges

A man has admitted owning a dangerous dog that attacked a pregnant woman in her own home in Leeds, resulting in her death.

Lee Horner, 33, pleaded guilty to owning the animal, called Dollar, that attacked his 27-year-old girlfriend Emma Bennett.

Ms Bennett was pregnant with her fifth child at the time of the attack in December.

A second dog, named Bella, was involved in the incident but Leeds Magistrates' Court heard it was disputed whether this was also classed as a dangerous dog.

Deputy District Judge David Scanlon adjourned proceedings until June 16 when he said a trial would take place regarding the second dog and he would then pass sentence.

He told Horner that he would obtain a certain amount of credit for his guilty plea.

At the time police said that early indications were that the two dogs seized from the address were American pit bull terriers and tests were continuing to establish their exact make-up

Common ground meeting to take place to save Leeds United

ITV Calendar has learned that Together Leeds, the consortium interested in taking over Leeds United, is to meet Italian entrepreneur Massimo Cellino in the next few hours to discuss what common ground they share with a view to saving the club.

It is understood that the former Manchester United executive Mike Farnan, who heads the Together Leeds consortium, is in London tonight and planning to meet Cellino either this evening or tomorrow morning.

Cellino is currently appealing against a decision by the Football League to block his £25m bid to take over the club following a conviction for tax evasion in Italy.

The future of Leeds United now hangs in the balance after an independent QC said more time was needed to consider Cellino's appeal.

Cellino who is understood to have bankrolled the club to the tune of £10m over the last few months has refused to give any more money after his disqualification, leading to fears that Leeds is facing administration.

Together Leeds is made up of a number of businesspeople, including Farnan, the former Hull City chairman and ex-Leeds United commercial director Adam Pearson and Welcome to Yorkshire chief executive Gary Verity.

Although its too soon to say that Cellino will join forces with Together Leeds, he is apparently planning to meet them to discuss the situation imminently.


Kirkgate Market decision expected

The final design and cost proposals for the controversial redevelopment of Kirkgate Market in Leeds are expected to be approved this afternoon.

Twelve million pounds is being spent on modernising the shopping area. But some traders fear increased rents will price them out of the market - claims denied by the city council. Work is due to start next year.

Traders' organisation Friends of Kirkgate Market are worried that a new market with higher rents could force traders out, but the City Council say the project will attract more shoppers to the city.

Kirkgate Market debate continues

Traders remain at odds with Leeds City Council over the £12million development of Kirkgate Market.

The Council will today discuss plans to develop the market's current location in the centre of the City and hope the changes will attract more shoppers.

Friends of Kirkgate Market say increased rents in a new building could force traders out.

It's likely that rents will increase and if the rents increase, the cost of the produce will increase and that could mean overtime that people who we see using the market are finding it less easy to use it.

– Julie Badon, Friends of Kirkgate Market

It will still offer the good value to people and will bring more people back in.

– Cllr Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council

Police investigate second armed robbery at Horsforth travel agent

Police are appealing for information following an armed robbery at a travel agents in Horsforth yesterday.

It is the second such incident at the shop in the space of three weeks.

At about 4.30pm on April 1, a man armed with a knife went into Thomson travel agents, in Town Street, and threatened two female members of staff and demanded they open the safe.

The safe was on a time delay and could not be opened immediately so he took a substantial amount of cash from a till. This included US Dollars, Euros and Pounds Sterling.

He left the shop and ran off towards Broadgate Lane.

He was described as white, about 5ft 10ins tall, stocky and aged in his mid thirties to early forties. He was wearing a black fleece jacket, grey or sandy cargo pants and white trainers.

He also wore a black woolly hat, black fleece gloves and had a black fleece scarf covering the lower part of this face.

Detectives are looking at whether the incident is linked to a similar robbery at the premises on March 11.


Savile compensation ads to appear in newspapers

Advertisements are to be placed in newspapers later this month alerting victims of sex abuse by Jimmy Savile to the availability of compensation, a High Court heard today.

Notices would be placed in the Daily Mirror, The Times and some local newspapers to meet legal requirements, Mr Justice Sales was told today at a High Court hearing in London.

The judge had approved the placement of advertisements at a hearing in February - saying it was important that anyone who thought that they had a claim came forward.

Advertisements are to appear in newspapers for compensation for Jimmy Savile's victims. Credit: Press Association

Mr Justice Sales has heard that around 140 alleged victims of Savile - who worked at the BBC and is alleged to have sexually assaulted people in hospitals- had already contacted lawyers.

And lawyers say they think the vast majority of alleged victims have already come forward.

In February, Mr Justice Sales had approved a compensation scheme agreed between the estate executor, lawyers representing alleged victims, the NHS and the BBC.

A lawyer representing the estate executor, the NatWest bank, today gave detail of advertisements as lawyers discussed a variety of issues in the wake of the judge's decision to sanction the scheme.

Michael Bublé to perform at Leeds Arena

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Popular Canadian singer, Michael Bublé, will perform at the First Direct Arena in Leeds this Christmas.

The swing star, who sold more than 150,000 tickets when he played a sold-out 10-night residency in London in June and July, will take to the stage on Monday December 8, 2014, as part of a Christmas UK tour.

Tickets go on sale on Friday April 4, from 9am, priced from £50.

Press Association

Car driver may have witnessed grandmother street robbery say police

Detectives investigating a street robbery on a grandmother in Leeds are appealing for the driver of a car to come forward who may have witnessed the incident. Police have issued a cctv image of a car seen nearby the area where the robbery happened.

Police release CCTV image of car seen near location of robbery Credit: West Yorkshire Police
Sabina Harrison who was badly bruised during a street robbery in Leeds Credit: West Yorkshire Police

Sabina Harrison was badly bruised after falling to the ground and hitting her head in a street robbery. It happened in Milan Road in Harehills around 5.20pm on Friday February 28, 2014.

"We are particularly keen to speak to one potential witness - the driver of a gold silver Mark IV Volkswagen Golf which was seen on CCTV in Ashton Road approaching the junction with Milan Road just before the incident.

The victim, who was wearing a bright red coat, crosses the junction in front of that car shortly before being robbed and the person in the vehicle may have seen who else was around at the time."

PC Philip Dodsworth, West Yorkshire police

Four youths have been arrested in connection with the incident and released on police bail.

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